Why English Giants Have Teamed Up With Mzansi Academy

Wolves Soccer Camp
Wolves Soccer Camp

English giants Wolverhampton Wanderers recently sent a number of coaches to South Africa where they have teamed up with a local academy.

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Like a number of teams before them, the English giants have branched out worldwide through various coaching and development programs.

The latest was in conjunction with Balderstone Sports Institute (BSI) which is run by former Bidvest Wits, Black Leopards, Santos and Moroka Swallows coach, Zeca Marques.

The training camp, which was headed by Wolves academy coach Shawn Briscoe, ran for three days from 30 September to 2 October at the BSI Football Academy in Modderfontein.

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The Siya crew spoke exclusively to Briscoe to find out how the partnership came about and what exactly it entails.

“Part of what we do is little pieces like we’re doing in South Africa, where we visit and run training sessions with partners. At the (moment) we’re partnering with BSI, who I’ve been blown away with really with what they do here. We’ve had camp sessions and a big charity event. I was working with some of their club players as well, it’s a bit of everything,” Briscoe told the Siya crew.

“One of the managers at the international department had been having chats with Zeca [Marques] who runs BSI about the opportunities to come out here. So it’s a piece where we can look at players, not necessarily to scout them, but we can look at what standards are.”

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Part of Wolves’ involvement with BSI was the charity training program which they ran with the Ikusasa Lethu Youth Project, which is run through the St Mary’s foundation.

“We also look at coach education, where we upskill some of the local coaches and obviously charity and giving back, Wolverhampton Wanderers is not just a professional club, it’s a huge part of the community and a part of us is giving back, so coming here, I hope these guys can remember this wolves experience for the rest of their lives,” he said.

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